We are committed to saving healthy
and treatable animals in shelters in our
community and across the nation.
By leveraging our expertise and building
partnerships with under resourced shelters,
we are saving more lives together.

Background

More animals are euthanized in California shelters than almost any other state in the U.S. Our average save rate in California is 82%, and more than 37,000 animals lose their lives in shelters every year. Many of those animals are still losing their lives in shelters due to overcrowding, lack of resources in shelters, complex medical issues, and disease. Through our Saving Lives initiative, our goal is to increase our impact by rescuing and saving more animals within our community and beyond.

Increasing our Partnerships

In shelters across California, tens of thousands of animals are euthanized every year. Our Sue and John Diekman Regional Rescue Program helps partner shelters that are struggling with the animals coming into their shelters by rescuing them and providing them with the care they need. Since we began the program more than a decade ago, we have expanded our reach considerably and now have ___ shelter partners all over the state. 

Scaling our work to save lives

5,900

animals adopted in 2021

From supporting our partner shelters to providing expert care, we are finding homes for more animals every year.

3,800

animals transferred to us in 2021

In five years, we have doubled the percent of animals rescued through our Diekman Regional Rescue Program.

40 %

required extended care in 2021

Our Medical team brings unique and expanding expertise to save animals with more complex issues.

Saving Lives through Animal-Centered Care

Every animal that enters our doors is provided with physical, mental, and emotional care. We provide a wide range of preventative and specialized medical care, including simple services such as updating vaccines and more complicated medical intervention such as orthopedic surgeries or advanced treatment for severe illnesses. We provide each animal with appropriate enrichment and behavior support to keep them as stress-free and happy as possible during their stay with us. Thousands of animals every year are cared for in foster homes, where they can receive individualized attention from our incredible foster families. Finally, our adoption program matches people and animals to create new bonded families.

Caring for our Community

Years ago, we made an ambitious goal to ensure that every healthy animal in our community was saved. We partnered with local shelters in Santa Clara County to create the WeCARE Alliance and in 2011 reached our goal of achieving a 100% save rate for all healthy dogs and cats in the county. Together with our partners, we took that ambitious goal a step further and now save animals that require more extensive care. We’re proud to say that across our community, we are able to save more than 94% of all animals entering shelters in our county.

 

We are committed to ensuring that our local community maintains its ability to save all healthy and treatable animals entering Santa Clara County shelters. By taking in the most vulnerable animals from our WeCARE partners, we are keeping our community a safe place for homeless pets. 

Saving Lives Across California

Thanks to the success of our WeCARE coalition’s work in Santa Clara County, we have been able to expand our efforts beyond our own local community. Through our Sue and John Diekman Regional Rescue Program, we are able to rescue animals from overcrowded, underresourced shelters all over the state and provide them with the medical care and behavioral support they need. 

 

Watch the video to see a day in the life of a rescue run and learn how we were able to help one of our Central Valley partner shelters increase their lifesaving capacity and save more animals.

Our Vision

We are continuing to expand our reach in California and partner with other organizations to help our state finally reach the goal of no longer euthanizing any healthy or treatable animals entering animal shelters. Here at home, we are helping our local partners tackle new challenges and we’ll continue to take in animals and provide assistance to ensure we maintain a safe community for shelter animals in Santa Clara County. Beyond our local community, we are focused on creating new partnerships and growing our programs to help more animals in need and increase the lifesaving capacity of our shelter partners.

Personalize your impact to save lives

We’d love to talk to you about how your support can help us save the lives of more homeless animals, both within our community and beyond. Reach out to learn more about our work and the impact you can make.

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